*Name changed from Muldrew to Robers
School Psychology & Applied Behavior Analysis
Philosophy & Approach
I refrain from using mentalistic terms to explain the function of behavior. I fundamentally approach the science of behavior as an inclusive endeavor that includes private events.
"The ideal of behaviorism is to eliminate coercion: to apply controls by changing the environment in such a way as to reinforce the kind of behavior that benefits everyone."
- B. F. Skinner
I recognize the multitude of systems that interact to foster or hinder resilience of an individual at any given time. Related to this theoretical orientation is a fundamental understanding of nonsummativity, circular causality, equifinality, and multifinality.
"There is no more critical indicator of the future of a society than the character, competence, and integrity of its youth."
- Urie Bronfenbrenner
I am a Black descendant of enslaved ancestors from the United States. My pronouns are she/her/hers and I am a monolingual native English speaker pursuing multiple degrees in higher education. These aspects of my identity inform my perspective and interactions in this society. I am aware of how my identities influence the opportunities I pursue, the research questions I ask, and the people I trust.
"Intersectionality has given many advocates a way to frame their circumstances and to fight for their visibility and inclusion."
- Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw
Participatory Action Research
My introduction to research came in the form of an Action Research seminar. The lessons learned in that course stayed with me as I am an applied researcher dedicated to working with my participants when developing research questions and conducting a research study.
"There’s no such thing as neutral education. Education either functions as an instrument to bring about conformity or freedom."
- Paulo Freire